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Sitting among the 12 new prototypes prominently displayed within MUT Design’s al fresco iteration of the annual Das Haus installation at IMM Cologne this January, the influence of the Spanish vernacular resounded. Since establishing their Valencia-based practice in 2010, co-founders Alberto Sánchez and Eduardo Villalón have garnered widespread admiration for graphically reimagining quotidian objects, acquiring a growing list of clients from their native Spain to Italy to Japan. 

As Sánchez and MUT designer Pola Knabe told Azure during the fair, this success has been informed as much by their Mediterranean roots and proximity to local manufacturers as by their uncompromising commitment to an unhurried, confidently open-ended...

5 Things We Learned from MUT Design

The key to success for the Valencia-based studio? Stay small, go slow and relish the process.

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